Penny Westberry: Gertrude
Mixed media sculpture
11" wide, 17" tall, 10" deep
Inspiration: Gertrude has a regal air that demands attention. As part of the "Party Animals" series, Gertrude is dressed up, made up, and ready for action. Gertrude comes with a removable crown because she needs her beauty rest.
Get to Know the Austin Artist: For me to be engaged in what I do, my art has to tell a story. Often I am inspired by people I meet, places I have been, a funny situation, or maybe just a beautiful color scheme or a rusty piece of metal. My pieces seldom come out as I envision them, partly because the sculpture begins to take on a personality of it's own and I end up doing its bidding instead of the other way around. My work is usually anamorphic in nature because it lends itself to humor and invites the viewer to create their own world - where would this guy live? What kind of friends would he have? What does he do for a living?